Wednesday, April 28, 2010

He has what?!

Remember this post? Well, today we've had a repeat. No, not of mono. Just another random and completely unexpected diagnosis here.

Monday night we hung out with some neighbor friends for FHE. We fed the missionaries, ate yummy food (seriously, Candace made homemade onion rings and burgers that were TO DIE FOR!), and let the kids go wild.

At the end of the night Jack was getting a little tired and cuddly. It was late, so it didn't phase me. When we got home I put him right in to bed (clothes on and all) and he was out like a light. I noticed he was a little warm, but still wasn't too worried.

I took his temperature the next morning. It was 100.1 degrees. Definitely a fever, but not too high. I gave him a little motrin and the fever broke. He laid around and slept a lot yesterday, but I kept giving him motrin and just watched him closely, meanwhile enjoying the snuggle time I was getting. :)

This morning his fever was lower (99 degrees) but he had a rash. Boo. I was on the phone with a neighbor when I noticed it. She mentioned that chicken pox were going around. Yuck. But my kids were vaccinated. ?? Maybe Jack is one of the like 5% who get it anyway. I called my mom and she suggested it my just be roseola. Either way, I knew there was nothing the doctor would do so I just decided to keep an eye on him and take him in if things got worse.

Then I looked online at information on both Chicken Pox and Roseola and Jack's symptoms didn't really match either one, so I called the doctor's office to ask what they thought. They said that a few fever and rash involved illnesses had been going around and suggested I bring Jack in.

Do I need to give you three guesses again? Or shall I just tell you what he's got this time?

Scarlet Fever.

Honestly. Wasn't it eradicated ages ago along with polio and the plague?! Apparently not. Because Jack's got it. Poor kid.

Luckily we went in and he's now on the antibiotics needed to help his little body fight it. I'm keeping Payson home from school this week so that we don't spread it. So the three of us will be holed up all week watching movies, playing games, and hopefully NOT sharing this lovely disease with each other. Pray that Jack is the only one who gets it!! (Especially because it is MUCH worse in adults.) :(

For now I'm just going to enjoy all the cuddles I can from this usually super active little guy of mine. :)


aubrey said...

I thought scarlet fever only affected, like, the pioneers! If you guys get Bubonic Plague next I'm really going to worry.

Anonymous said...

Seriously, when you told me it was Scarlett Fever, I was like, "yeah right, there's no way, she's just trying to get out of coming to visit."

I'm sorry, that seriously sucks. And I really, really, really hope you don't get it, that would suck!

The Larson Family said...

Oh my goodness! That is crazy. I hope he feels better soon and that you survive your week cooped up in the house. And I really hope no one else gets it!

Megan said...

That's crazy! I thought that was only something that afflicted people on the Oregon Trail game. :)

Randi said...

You're kidding me? Poor kid. That is random and bizarre. Poor kid. Hope he feels better quickly.

Brenda said...

That is so sad. And weird. good luck!

Emily said...

oh the poor thing. hope he gets better soon. hopefully you guys are having bad weather too so you arent' missing out on spring!

Trish Griffee said...

Oh man. Poor kid. I have strong feelings about these diseases that come back after nearly being erraticated. It mostly stems from those who choose not to vaccinate there children:( To each his own. I hope he starts feeling better soon.

linda said...

oh my gosh, scarlett fever? Poor little guy! hope he gets feeling better soon!

Natalie said...

Linked to you from Bugs Herring.
Scarlet fever is a version of strep, a child in my ward had it a couple of months ago. Strep reacts with something in their body and converts to this junk.

Hope he's feeling better soon and no one else gets it!

vaneblu said...

Sorry for Jack :/ Hope he gets better soon.
Scarlet Fever is really common here in DR, I see it a lot in my young patients!

r said...

Wow. That's crazy!! I hope he's all better now and that no one else picked it up!